Attack Fare Means Delta Elite Vacation / Run to Dublin from San Francisco $368 & 11843 MQM’s at 3.1CPM

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Saturday, July 16, 2016  by John @laptoptravel

SFO-DUB Delta Fare Sale River

SFO-DUB Delta Fare Sale Cal

SFO-DUB Delta Fare Sale Trip Summary

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We are seeing a continuing attack fare by Delta Air Lines on United Airlines’ hubs and this means great opportunities to fly to Dublin, Ireland from San Francisco’s Airport.  Delta seems to be offering this great deal to Dublin (and somewhat higher, yet competitive fares) and other European airports.

I just posted a couple of days ago a great attack fare from Phoenix to both of Tokyo’s (Narita and Haneda) airports as they were targeting American Airlines’ routes. Plus, this becomes a Vacation Run in that you can stay as little as one day and night and fly back.

Re-positioning should be really easy right now in several ways;

Delta is having an award sale for as little as 5,000 SkyMiles round-trip as well San Francisco is reached cheaply by many airports on the West Coast.

Now, I was able to make this work directly through Delta’s website. I would suggest you put in SFO to DUB and select Flexible Travel days and select the ‘5 Weeks’ option, starting with August 14th. You can search between August 14th and March 29th for available dates on these fares. A minimum 6-night stay is required, although I found some 2 night stays for around $498.

Using this strategy you should find a good range of departure and return dates as well as routes that should work for you. Another great thing about this Mileage Run is it is a ‘Pay With Miles’ eligible fare, so you could ‘buy down’ the fare even more with your SkyMiles and still earn MQM’s!

You also could opt to credit this flight to your Alaska Airlines MileagePlan and earn redeemable miles at the rate of 1 miles per 2 flown on Delta, which is a lot more than Delta will credit your SkyMiles account.

The comparison:

  • Delta will give you 11,843 MQM’s and 1,335 Redeemable Miles (based on 5X base fare, more based on your Medallion status)
  • Alaska would give you 11,843 Elite Miles and 5,922 Redeemable Miles (Minimums, could be higher if you have Elite status with Alaska Airlines)

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

MQM’s:     11,843 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQM’s)

Fare:         $368 (Pay With Miles Eligible)

Cost:           3.10 Cents Per Medallion Qualification Mile (CPM)

This is a route and a fare I would be a buyer of and you could use this as a connection to visit the European continent.

  • Will you be taking advantage of this latest ‘Attack Fare’ by Delta?
  • If so, will you credit to your SkyMiles or MileagePlan account?

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

Los Angeles to San Juan American Airlines $289 Summer Sale Elite Mileage Runs Act NOW!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016   by John @laptoptravel

A LAX-SJU Summer Sale

LAX-SJU Summer Sale (1)

LAX-SJU Summer Sale (2)

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LAX-SJU Summer Sale (3)Summer Fare Calendar

Available Dates in July and August

Following up on our recent Mileage Run post, San Francisco to Dublin, we offer a Caribbean Summer Sale and Mileage Run for our American Airlines AAdvantage readers and followers. If you do not follow us yet on Twitter, then please click here to start!  That will keep you ‘in the loop‘ with the latest Mileage Run tweets.
Today, I found that American Airlines is aggressively pricing cheap fares to Puerto Rico.  I have been tweeting many of these, but wanted to offer this fantastic SUMMER DEAL here, since it covers two full months and has so many available dates for travel; plus it these can be simple Mileage Run itineraries or full vacation fares.
I did a similar run not too far back and I paid about $70 more for the flights.  This Mileage Run comes in at $289 and you can simply touchdown and turn around, or stay a few nights (for about $5 more.)
There are a lot of dates open and we will share two examples in this post. But using our booking links you can search for alternative dates.

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

EQM’s:     7,199 Elite Qualification Miles (EQM’s)

Fare:         $289

Cost:           4 Cents Per Mile (CPM)

Please login to your American Airlines / AAdvantage account before you click on the booking link below:

This link books through AA.com  –

DIRECT BOOKING LINK

Los Angeles (LAX) – Charlotte (CLT) – San Juan (SJU)  – Charlotte (CLT) – Los Angeles (LAX)  August 6th-7th, 2016 – Now here are the flight details for those dates:

 

LAX-SJU Summer Sale (4)

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LAX-SJU Summer Sale (2)

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And here is an alternative, a week-long stay for a true vacation in sunny Puerto Rico:

LAX-SJU Summer Sale Week

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And here is the DIRECT BOOKING LINK for that itinerary (July 11th – 18th)

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  – Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel

San Francisco to Venice KLM $742 & 13481MQMs at 5.5CPM Mid-Summer SkyTeam Elite Mileage Run

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Thursday, February 4, 2016 by John @laptoptravel

SFO-VCE 742 RouteMap

San Francisco to Venice SFO-VCE Delta Air Lines Mega Mileage Run KAYAK

San Francisco to Venice SFO-VCE Delta Air Lines Mega Mileage Run Orbitz

No, this is not a true Mileage Run; the costs per mile (CPM) of 5.5 cents makes it a bit too high to be considered that this early in the year.  What is great about this fare, and why I am posting it is to let you in on a great fare price to Venice this summer!  Europe is always an expensive ticket, particularly from the West Coast.  But here is a $742 fare in the middle of July; a great time to visit Venice in the summer sunshine!

I absolutely love Venice and the opportunity to get Delta Medallion Qualification Miles 1:1 on this route makes a vacation trip there all the more enticing. It is a wonderful walking city and although prices may be bit high for food and lodging it will be a memorable trip. Make sure you head east of the city one afternoon, perhaps Murano on another island in the lagoon and dine where you can observe the sun setting over the skyline of Venice…guaranteed to be one of top travel memories!

Delta will not book this out for less than $1,900. I have tried a lot of tricks.  But you can use my link (provided below) and book it through KLM for the shown fare above and then credit your Delta SkyMiles number to the ticket and you’ll be earning Delta MQM’s for the flight.  If you are unsure of how you will be treated on another carrier, you should read this recent post by Noah and how he felt he got better perks in international airports with his SkyTeam Elite status!

Plus, let’s confirm those MQM earnings for you here:

Earning Delta Mileage with KLM Chart

Now, I found dates all over the month of July for varying stay lengths.

You will not get full redeemable miles, but you will get a percentage of the miles flown (not tied to your fare price) and in many cases you will come out better than if you were earning according  to the price you paid.  Anyway, it’s Venice folks! In the summer time!

Also, you cannot use any Global Upgrade Certificates on this route as KLM metal need to be YBM+ fare class.

Since this is not a Mileage Run, per se, I will not go into all the details about the quickest turnaround.  Take this flight and reward yourself (and perhaps another travel companion)

Anyway here are the numbers:

The Details:

EQM’s:     13,481 (MQM’s) $742 and 13481MQMs at 5.5CPM

RDM’s:     3,371 at the lowest range for a qualified fare

Ticket Price:  $742

Cost:   5.5 Cents Per Mile (CPM) – a great summer fare

This link books through Orbitz  – DIRECT BOOKING LINK

I like this trip since it is after Delta’s change on Comfort+ booking policies.  So, you are circumventing those rules by traveling internationally on their partner, KLM and you can still get preferred seats together with your travel companion.

Although I research to find great Mileage Run deals, this European gem of a deal I could not help but share with you. I do hope you will take advantage if this…if anyone has experience on KLM to Venice, feel free to comment below; we would love to hear your voice and insights. Still, I firmly believe we will see a lot more fare attacks south of the border and to Asia in the coming months.

Thank you for visiting and following us, hopefully throughout 2016 here at Renes Points and Elite Mileage Runs  Best Wishes and Happy Travels. Enjoy your travels!  – John @laptoptravel